Melbourne Adventure Experience

Tick off every item on your Australia bucket list with our Melbourne Adventure Experience. Learn to surf, see koalas and kangaroos, and taste Australian wine right from the vineyard – all within your first week of being in Australia!

Start Dates

Every second Sunday

Duration

8 days

Cost

C$1,299

Program Overview

Start your Australia Working Holiday adventure in Melbourne with a bang! In addition to all the support included in our Australia Send-Off Package, you will be picked up from the airport, have seven nights of accommodation provided, and head out of town to explore the coastline. Enjoy a jam-packed week full of fun as you participate in tons of adventures with fellow travellers.

Program Itinerary

You’ve finally arrived Down Under! Jump right in for your epic Melbourne adventure with a jam-packed week of activities with other travellers to uncover Melbourne’s finest assets…

Day 1

Welcome to Melbourne!

From the moment you land in Melbourne, you’re in good hands with a personal airport pick-up to take you to your pre-arranged accommodation. Catch up on sleep or relax and meet new people while you enjoy the city views from the rooftop patio.

Day 2

Explore Melbourne & Welcome Dinner

After setting up your bank account, phone, and tax number, you'll venture out on a fun guided tour to explore trendy Melbourne. Learn about the caffeine capital of the world, discover hidden laneways and view mind-blowing street art. End the day with a group dinner in one of Australia’s most iconic neighbourhoods (dinner included).

Day 3

Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Australians have lived across the Australian continent for tens of thousands of years, and today you’ll get to learn about Australia’s Indigenous culture and traditions during an Aboriginal Heritage Walk in the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Day 4

Road Trip & Wine Tasting

Wake up for an adventurous road trip! First, you will head to two incredibly beautiful (yet barely touched) beaches. Feel like royalty as you bathe on pristine beaches, indulge in wine tasting, and view spectacular scenic lookouts. Your day will be topped off by watching penguins run across the beach at night - yes, PENGUINS!

Day 5

Koalas, Kangaroos and Surfing!

Australia is known for its famous surf and today you’ll get to learn how to catch a wave! Experience a wildlife encounter with the chance to get up close to koalas and kangaroos!

Day 6

Let’s Plan Your Working Holiday!

Get excited about what's to come as today you’ll get a rundown of different work opportunities and also learn about how to explore magnificent Australia. In the afternoon, you can head out to explore the quaint beach suburb of St. Kilda and its famous landmarks before hitting the beach.

Day 7

One-on-One Sessions & Bar Crawl

Today our team will be available for one-on-one sessions to answer any questions you have about living, working and travelling in Australia. Then kick-back by heading out on the town for Melbourne’s biggest bar crawl! Pizza and four drinks are included.

Day 8

Support & Farewell

What better way to spend your final day with everyone than by hanging out on a rooftop with your new travel family? Enjoy a BBQ and some beers while soaking up the skyline and reminiscing about the memories made during the best week of your life!

What’s Included

Pre-departure

  • Personal trip coordinator
  • Step-by-step visa application support
  • Resume review and revisions to meet Australian standards
  • Assistance booking flights and choosing travel insurance
  • Personal pre-departure orientation
  • Info pack with everything you need to know to live and work in Australia
  • Get added to a WhatsApp group to connect with your travel group before you arrive

In Country

  • Personal airport pickup
  • Seven nights of accommodation
  • Welcome dinner and drink
  • Welcome orientation
  • Australian SIM card
  • Tax file number
  • Australian bank account set-up
  • Employment resources and support
  • One-on-one job search consultation
  • Weekly emails with new working holiday job opportunities
  • Discounted RSA/RSG Courses
  • Assistance finding housing
  • Local support and travel advice
  • Tax filing assistance
  • On-going support for the duration of your trip

The Fun Stuff!

  • Guided city walking tour
  • Surf lesson
  • Wildlife encounter experience
  • Food, drink and street art tour
  • Beach day
  • Wine tasting
  • Wild penguin viewing
  • Bar crawl with drinks and club entry
  • Lots more free meals and drinks!
  • Farewell dinner and drink

What’s Not Included:

Flights, medical insurance, visa and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food & rent.

What Will I Do?

On your working holiday in Melbourne – or anywhere in Australia you decide to settle – you’ll be able to get casual jobs to help fund your adventures in Melbourne and across Australia! Our team will help make your resume stand-out in the Australian job market, so that you can secure a job faster, and start earning money sooner.

Possible Working Holiday Jobs

  • Customer Service
  • Food and Beverage
  • Hospitality
  • Farming and Fruit Picking
  • Cafe and Quick Service
  • Warehouse/General Labour
  • Retail and Sales
  • Landscaping/Gardening
  • Event and Promotions
  • Plus tons more!

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Interested to chat with us to learn which program is right for you?

Let’s Get Started!

The Melbourne Adventure Experience starts every second Sunday of the year.

If you want to arrive earlier – no problem! We’ll pick you up at the airport any day of the week and can arrange extra nights of accommodation prior to your official program start date.

Want More?

Travel Insurance

We know that travelling with a peace of mind is important to you. That’s why it’s a good idea to have travel insurance in case something unexpectedly goes wrong while you’re abroad.

Sydney Adventure Experience

This eight-day program has one adventure after another, including an epic beach-bound road trip. Start your Australia Working Holiday adventure in Sydney off with a bang!

Surf Camp Add-On

Add a 5-day Surf Camp to your Australia Working Holiday experience for the ultimate Australia bucket-list experience and learn to surf in no time!

FAQs

Why should I choose Melbourne over Sydney?

For those who are interested in live events, Melbourne has a much busier nightlife scene than Sydney. The city is also home to some of Australia’s largest sports venues, including the Australian Open and the Melbourne cup. Finally, living expenses in Melbourne tend to be slightly less than in Sydney making it marginally more affordable for backpackers.

How many people will be in my group?

The maximum group size per start date is 24 people, although numbers do tend to be less in Melbourne’s colder winter months.

What are the accommodations like?

You’ll be staying at a central hostel in downtown Melbourne while in the city, and in the beautiful town of Newhaven on your road trip to Phillip Island. All hostels are clean and safe, with dorm sizes varying from six to 12 people per room.

Are the penguins wild? Is this program ethical?

Phillip Island Nature Park has a dedicated Animal Ethics committee committed to ensuring that the penguins’ natural behaviours are protected while tourists enjoy the penguin parade. Boardwalks have been strategically placed to keep tourists separated from the penguins and prevent them from interfering with the wildlife. Photography is not permitted while viewing the penguins, as the bright lights can disorientate them and frighten them. These penguins are completely wild and have been nesting in the Phillip Island area for many years. Any profits made from ticket sales are all reinvested into conservation, research, education, wildlife rescue, and environmental activities on the island.